Date: 15th February 2007 at 8:50pm
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Jimmy Calderwood had pinpointed Shinsuke Nakamura as the man Aberdeen must stop if they are to take anything from Saturday`s match against Celtic but the Dons manager admits he isn`t sure how.

JC rates Naka as Gordon Strachan`s best signing and hopes that the ex-Aberdeen player will rest the Japanese international ahead of their crucial Champions League tie where they host AC Milan at Parkhead.

He said: ‘He really is magnificent. No disrespect but on in his day he really does make them tick.

With his vision and technique he is something special and makes a difference in games. It is not easy to stop him because he is brave as well.

You could give him a rap but he still comes back for more. You cannot get rid of him.

He is a magnificent player with great, great vision and it was a great bit of business for Gordon to get him, possibly the best he has done there.’

etter news for Calderwood is the fact that his injury list looks like easing up as long-term crocks Jamie Smith, Richie Byrne, Zander Diamond and Craig Brewster should be back for the Falkirk clash on March 3.

Calderwood said: ‘The four of them are massive players for us. We never made a signing in the transfer window but we have had Smith, Byrne, Brewster and Diamond out.

I would think the four of them will be back within three weeks. That would be better than me getting a player in the winter break.

If we got a victory against Celtic there is a chance we could get them fit for the Falkirk game.

If not it will be the Hearts game after that and that would be more than a wee boost for us with those players coming back.’

Calderwood is giving off positive vibes and does not expect his team to lose as he presumes Champions League place rivals Rangers and Hearts probably do. Aberdeen have lost twice to Celtic this season, both 1-0 but in each case a draw would have been about fair. A deflected shot ran past Langfield early in the season and it took a truly world class save from Artur Boruc to prevent Russell Anderson scoring at Parkhead late in the game during the December re-match.

Calderwood said: ‘The ones around about us will be looking towards that game and thinking Aberdeen are going to drop three points.

Playing at 12.30 gives Rangers and Hearts a big incentive as they play after us. It would be great to get the blow in first.

We know how hard it’s going to be but we have got ourselves in a position that if we win them all we are there.

e have got everything in our own hands and that’s all we can ask for.’

Whilst Jimmy is optimistic, he has the problem of not knowing if Celtic will hold back some of their big guns ahead of their Euro clash and this is making planning his tactical decisions difficult.

alderwood said: ‘You don’t know whether they will take their eyes of our game but they are good professionals.

The biggest problem is normally you have a good idea of what the team is going to be. But this week he may decide to save some of his team for Tuesday because the league is won.

But they might say they want the league won as soon as possible and then play his first team. That’s a hard one to predict.’

Calderwood heaped praise on his little counterpart as he acknowledges the job Strachan has done at Celtic in a short time as he has practically rebuilt Martin O`Neill`s illustrious team.

e said: ‘Gordon has done brilliant. There was a lot of doubt in many Celtic supporters` minds and then he went and won the SPL.

I’m sure the directors will be really pleased with him having cut wage bills, and he is still winning leagues.

Then you get to the last 16 of the Champions League and with a great chance of getting to the last eight.’